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Olmstead Housing Initiative

Olmstead Housing Initiative (OHI)

The Olmstead Housing Initiative (OHI) is a partnership between KHC and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. It was created in response to the 1999 Supreme Court Decision Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581, that was an interpretation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

OHI was created to meet the housing needs of one of the hardest to serve populations: people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) who are in institutions, or who are at-risk of institutionalization. Efforts have been made to move individuals who are capable of living independently from institutions into affordable housing in communities of their choosing. Institutions for this population could include nursing homes, but are more typically psychiatric hospitals or personal care homes. OHI can pay for moving expenses, basic furnishings, security and utility deposits, and provide an on-going rental subsidy.

Referrals to OHI are made by staff of psychiatric hospitals, case managers of the community mental health agencies, or staff of the Kentucky Division of Protection and Advocacy. Referrals are submitted to KHC and the Cabinet simultaneously.


Olmstead Housing Initiative Policies and Procedures Manual - June 2017